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    • Mathematics, time, and confirmation 

      Meyer, Ulrich, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      This dissertation discusses two issues about abstract objects: their role in scientific theories, and their relation to time. Chapter 1, "Why Apply Mathematics?" argues that scientific theories are not about the mathematics ...
    • Meaning and metatheory 

      Stanley, Jason (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
    • Meaning naturally--a partial defense of covariation semantics 

      Pietroski, Paul M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • Measurement that transcends time : a Lebesgue integral approach to existential sentences 

      Shimada, Junri (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      In the study of natural language semantics, sentences that assert the existence of entities predicated of by noun phrases have traditionally been analyzed with simple usage of the existential quantifier. In this thesis, I ...
    • The metaphysics of dispositions 

      McKitrick, Jennifer (Jennifer Louise), 1964- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      As Nelson Goodman put it, things are full of threats and promises. A fragile glass, for example, is prone to shatter when struck. Fragility is the glass's disposition, shattering is the manifestation of the disposition, ...
    • Metrical dependencies in tone assignment 

      Sietsema, Brian Mark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
    • A metrical theory of stress rules 

      Hayes, Bruce Philip (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
    • A metrical theory of syllabicity 

      Levin, Juliette (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
    • Minimalism in syntatic derivation 

      Oka, Toshifusa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993)
    • Minimizing harm : three problems in moral theory 

      Friedman, Alexander (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
      Chapter 1 (Distance and Morality): This chapter is a response toFrances Kamm's "Faminine Ethics: the Problem of Distance in Morality and Singer's Ethical Theory". I argue that Kamm fails to produce a pair of cases in which ...
    • Missing noun phrases in Navajo. 

      Platero, Paul Randolph (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
    • Modality and inquiry 

      Yalcin, Seth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The possibilities we consider or eliminate in inquiry are epistemic possibilities. This dissertation is mainly about what it is to say or believe that something is possible in this sense. Chapter 1 ('Epistemic Contradictions') ...
    • Modality, rationalism, and conditionals 

      Decker, Jason (Jason Andrew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This thesis consists of three interconnected papers on apriority, modality, and conditionals. In "Playground Conditionals," I look at three philosophical debates, each of which turns on the epistemic status of a certain ...
    • Modest epistemology 

      Dorst, Kevin(Kevin Matthew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Thinking properly is hard. Sometimes I mess it up. I definitely messed it up yesterday. I'll likely mess it up tomorrow. Maybe I'm messing it up right now. I'm guessing you're like me. If so, then we're both modest: we're ...
    • Modular interactions in phonology 

      Rasin, Ezer. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis makes two separate claims about the architecture of phonology: (1) The computation of stress takes place in a distinct cognitive module from segmental phonology. This module is informationally encapsulated from ...
    • Modularity and locality in interpretation 

      Singh, Raj, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis will argue for four broad claims: (1) That local contexts are needed for a descriptively adequate theory of linguistic interpretation, (2) That presupposition accommodation is made with respect to a set of ...
    • Mood, force and explicit performatives : some notes for a study of mood 

      Rodríguez, Jorge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
    • Moral expertise and moral education : a Socratic account 

      Hagen, Daniel Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      What is virtue and can it be taught? These questions preoccupied Socrates and this dissertation offers a Socratic answer to them. In Chapter 1 ("Virtue as Expert Moral Knowledge") I develop and defend a novel interpretation ...
    • Moral properties and moral imagination 

      Doggett, Tyler, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      "Moral Realism" is about an argument against moral realism, why it is unsound, and what emerges from that. The argument is that if there were moral properties, they would be queerly related to non-moral properties and this ...
    • Moral relativism and reasons for action 

      Streiffer, Robert (Robert Keith), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      There are many varieties of moral relativism. Appraiser relativism, according to which the proposition expressed by a moral sentence varies from context to context, is motivated by the thought that it provides the best ...